Thursday, 29 January 2015

Currently reading...

...Hollow City. It's the follow up to Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children which I had read and posted about in the *before times.

* before I deleted the previous version of Halloween Holler

In lieu of linking to that now vanished post here's one I completely agree with. 

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Snow is snow is matter how much drops

Sympathies to those digging out. And for the forecasters who are currently being lambasted by a cynical public...

After snowfall - 2011

Saturday, 24 January 2015

Lovecraft and Ale

Who knew these two went so well together? First we had Lovecraft Brewing on the West coast of the States...a whole line of ales inspired by Mr HP and his stories.

I'd love to get my hands on a bottle of that Sotari dark ale!

And now from the East coast there's more...

Narragansett Beer
"Narragansett will release their new Lovecraft Honey Ale on January 19, the birthday of Lovecraft’s biggest literary influence, Edgar Allan Poe. The collaboration with Revival Brewing, another Rhode Island product, will be the first “chapter” in a four-part series of beers celebrating Providence’s most famous native son." - Source

I'd obviously been reading the wrong news stories yesterday.

Friday, 23 January 2015

World news: is it just me or has it got quite depressing?

Tombstone at Greyfriars by me (2006)
"Yet for the sake of thy unhappy nation,
Yet for the sake of Freedom's spirit fled,
Let thy wild harpstrings, thrilled with indignation,
Peal a deep requiem o'er thy sons that bled."

Monday, 19 January 2015

Fortitude - which you gotta have in the Arctic

Coming soon to a tv near you...

Look interesting? Yeah, I think so too.

I'm quite keen because where we live is usually so hot. Yes, it's true we are currently experiencing some quite chilly weather (16 C today) but it will be hot again soon enough. We'll be sweating by March and turning on the AC and complaining by April.

View from living room 2005
So watching something set in a place where one HAS to wear big bulky sweaters (set in the Arctic this is filmed in Iceland), well, it will be good. Not only to counteract the hot dry desert environment we live in but also to serve as a warning. We mustn't look back on ice and snow with too much fondness and nostalgia.

There is horror in winter.
Looking back at our apartment's living room window 2005 (wreath and lights)

Sunday, 18 January 2015

The Devil you say!

creepy mask at the window
This is one of my favourite episodes of McMillan and Wife. Well, it's the one I remember most anyway. And the one that scared the poop out of me! I think I was about 7 or 8 when I saw it. Satanic cults, devil worship and creepy masks...eeeeek! And it takes place at Halloween, of course. Dig that crazy piano music and what must be a theremin.

And now you too can catch it on YouTube. But do it now, now, now before it disappears!

Here's Part can take it from there.

Thursday, 15 January 2015

Mystery Feature #1 - Agatha Christie

I'm staring a new monthly feature here at Halloween Holler. I've been thinking about it for a while now. I want to focus on mystery; all sorts of mystery. Murder mysteries, strange coincidence mysteries, disappearance mysteries, "what-the-hell-was-that...?!" mysteries. All those unsettling, odd, and strange events and people that I used to spend so much time reading about in Ripley's Believe it or Not. And, later, watching on the X-Files.

I'm staring off with a double header of sorts; both a mysterious disappearance and a murder mystery. I begin with Agatha Christie.

The 39th anniversary of Christie's death was just a few days ago and, well, I'm an old fan. You see, I first discovered Agatha Christie at about age 12. I gobbled up one book after the other and when I ran out of what our school library had to offer a good friend would loan me hers.

Later in life I became more interested in the writer rather than her books. I admired Christie's professional discipline (and output). I was also particularly fascinated by Christie's mysterious disappearance in 1926. Was she doing research for a book? Was she depressed about her cheating husband? Was it the grief she experienced following her mother's death that made her leave? Did she really suffer 'out-of-body' amnesia? Or was she just trying to disappear from a life that was overwhelming but was found before she could finalize her plan?

There have certainly been times in my life when I've wished to 'disappear' from it. Oh, Agatha. I wished you'd started a fund for us Women who wish to Disappear for a bit. It could have included a week long stay in your room at that spa hotel! Sigh.

Quickly moving on we now turn to [dah, dah, dahhhh]...June Whitfield in Agatha Christie's Sleeping Murder (via the Internet Archive).

The book features Miss Marple. It was the last Christie novel, published posthumously, although not the last one Christie wrote featuring Miss Marple. The story is set in the 1930s, though written during the Second World War. She aids a young couple who choose to uncover events in the wife's past life, and not let sleeping murder lie. - Wikipedia